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Saturday, 25-May-2019


The three-time winner, who’s passionate about space and its elements, is keen to become a cosmologist

Meet Nidhi Mayurika, a class 9 student who is way smarter than most of us doing a 9 to 5 job.
This young lady aspires to be a cosmologist one day!
Bengaluru school girl’s innovative, space-based projects have helped her win the prestigious NASA Ames Space Settlement Contest for three consecutive years since 2016.
In an interview, Nidhi said, “When I was in Class 5, I’d always take part in the science competitions held at the school level. Seeing my interest, my school principal told me about the NASA Ames Space Settlement Contest (ASSC).”
In 2016, when the NASA contest announced that the students must design something on the lines of the virtual space colonies in which settlers can live inside a gigantic spacecraft, Nidhi dedicated all her time after school working on the project called Saikatam.
In 2017, she came up with Soham, to launch satellites from satellites. Soham is a habitable space colony located 350 km away from Earth at LEO, to build and launch satellites; it comprises an Inflatable Space Station.
The time Nidhi spent after school has helped her achieve what she’s always dreamt of. Her dedication is commendable and an inspiration for all of us to take up something that challenges us and broadens our horizons.